SUST 3480/5480 COVID-19 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:  Resilience, Connections, and Threats

How are sustainability & global pandemics connected?  Join us this summer to hear from interdisciplinary experts, explore systems thinking and plan for a more resilient future.

SUST 3480/5480 is an online, 3 credit course from June 7th Monday to July 30th, offered in Summer 2021. Professor Katy Chapman will lead students on an exploration of how sustainability is key to our resilience in the face of crises like COVID-19. 

This course includes required class meetings at 11 am on Mondays with additional work completed outside of class. Students from all UMN campuses may enroll in the course. Learn more about multi-institution enrollment here

“There is no more important conversation at the moment than how and why COVID-19 emerged, how it affects every facet of our world, and the need to learn the lessons of the past in order to implement solutions.  Looking at this through the lens of our globally shared goals (SDGs) will help students more effectively launch into the post COVID world.”–Dominic Travis, DVM, MS

Thanks to student interest, SUST 5480 was approved for graduate students in conjunction with SUST 3480.  Please email the instructor,, if you are interested in taking the graduate level course.

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